In 2009 a Taiwanese-registered vessel was leaving Canada and on its way out twice dumped pollutants into our waters off of Newfoundland’s south coast. On Jan. 30, 2009, a Transport Canada satellite detected 220 litres of the substance in the ocean. The following day, there was a spill between the amounts of 400 and 2,118 litres. The vessel has been fined $80,000; the company which owned the vessel entered a guilty plea to a federal charge of discharging pollutants in the ocean.